Today’s photograph, the third entry in the “Tropical Biodiversity” series, was taken in the Life Sciences Building Greenhouses of the Univ. of Connecticut by sftrajan@Flickr (a different Eric from San Francisco than the well-known contributor and commenter). Much appreciated! The original image was submitted via the Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool.
Crinum asiaticum was featured on Plant of the Week (main page more than a decade ago, but it’s the first time a Crinum has appeared on BPotD. Crinum contains about 100 species. Plants of the genus typically grow at low elevations in wet areas (e.g., shores, swamps).
Commonly known in English as poison bulb, Crinum asiaticum is widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas (it is native to tropical Asia, Mauritius, northern Australia and some Pacific Islands). Yet again, the Plants of Hawaii web site provides an extensive collection of additional images: Crinum asiaticum.
As an aside to local readers, the UBC Botanical Garden Indoor Plant Sale continues until 5pm on Friday (still a good selection of plants remaining!).